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August 23, 2010

Funding Announced for Upgrades to Long-Term Care Facility in Botwood

The Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre, a 79-bed long-term care facility in Botwood, will receive $276,000 in Budget 2010 for new capital equipment and facility upgrades. The Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services, made the announcement today in Botwood and was joined by Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits; Karen McGrath, CEO, Central Health; and, Jerry Dean, Mayor of Botwood.

"Our government is currently holding province-wide long-term care and community support public consultations," said Minister Kennedy. "One of the messages we have heard is that residents want access to health care services in, or as close to their own community, as possible. Our investment today demonstrates our continued commitment to make strategic investments in health and long-term care services throughout the province to meet the needs of residents."

The funding announced today includes $37,000 for laboratory analyzers; $34,000 for replacement of kitchen appliances; $21,000 for new drug carts; and, $4,000 for computed radiography cassettes. In addition, this facility will also receive $180,000 for hot water tanks and lighting system upgrades.

"This investment assures once again that this government is committed to delivering quality health care to the people in rural Newfoundland and Labrador," said Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits. "The Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre is integral to health care service for the Exploits area providing long-term care, emergency, lab and x-ray services and also offers high-quality residential care to our veterans and their spouses."

Today’s funding announcement brings the total Provincial Government investment in this long-term care facility to approximately $1.9 million since 2003, and includes the replacement of beds, tubs, scales and lifts; new patient care and support equipment; and, renovations such as repairs to the domestic water system, window replacement, lighting system and exterior upgrades.

"These strategic investments by government for the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre will help enhance health care services for clients using this facility and will help Central Health continue to focus on services to seniors and adults as this percentage of the population grows," said Karen McGrath, CEO of Central Health.

Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future includes a significant investment in long-term care such as $27.3 million for the continued development of two new long-term care facilities in St. John’s; $8 million to begin construction of a new long-term care facility in Lewisporte; $4 million to start construction of a 250-bed long-term care home in Carbonear; $3 million to complete the new Corner Brook long-term care facility; $2.1 million to finalize the long-term care home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay; and, approximately $1.7 million for a new protective care community residence in Bonavista, with specialized care and accommodations for individuals with mild to moderate dementia. Budget 2010 also includes a significant investment of $208.9 million for health care infrastructure throughout the province, including $177.3 million for new facilities and equipment and $31.6 million for repairs and renovations.

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Media contacts:

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-2646

Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

Roger Pike
Director of Communications
Central Health


2010 08 23                                                      3:35 p.m.


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